Gretchen Rubin

“I Call It Greed, But It Was More a Feeling of Wanting a Surplus in My Life…”

"There was an opulent sunset. I was standing under an acacia in bloom and the words 'shower of gold' came into my mind, followed by a surge of feeling. I call it greed, but it was more a feeling of wanting a surplus in my life, wanting to have too much of, something, for a change. I didn't want to be a candidate anymore, not for a doctorate or anything else: I wanted to be at the next level, where things would come to me, accrue to me. It was acute."
-- Norman Rush, Mating

This passage may not seem to touch directly on happiness, but to me, it describes an emotion that I've often felt but could never convey -- an emotion that's tied to happiness, though also separate from it.

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